One of the more unglamorous aspects of being an adult with a job outside the home is the matter of commuting. Whether you’re driving, taking the subway, or being chauffeured, the entire thing is a grind, a time-suck, a nuisance, and an opportunity to catch whatever the breeding grounds for bacteria violating your personal space are spreading, to say nothing of the fact that depending on how far you live from the office, the whole thing can cost a nice chunk of change, money that could be better spent on just about anything.
BlackRock exec Jonathan Burrows knew the evils of the daily commute all too well. He wanted to live outside of London, in East Sussex, but he still had to show his face around the office Monday through Friday, which meant spending an hour on the train each way. He couldn’t get rid of the 2+ hour slog, or the commoners with whom he had to interact en route, but he should, he told himself one day, be able to cut the cost. AND CUT COSTS HE DID. Read more »
Goldman Sachs has said it would move much of its European business out of London if Britain leaves the European Union. The warning from the world’s most powerful investment bank comes as political pressure for Britain to leave the EU mounts. David Cameron has committed to holding a referendum on Britain’s membership if the Conservatives win the next election and some Tory MPs have been agitating for an early vote on the matter. Michael Sherwood, co-chief executive of Goldman Sachs International, said: “In all likelihood we would transfer a substantial part of our European business from London to a eurozone location – the most obvious contenders being Paris and Frankfurt.” [Guardian via Heidi Moore]
Data from the London Sperm Bank (LSB) reveals that finance workers are some of the most prolific spreaders of their seed. On average, 36 finance professionals visit the bank every month. This puts them on a par with students, and compares to donations from just three chefs and six film makers. Only IT managers are more keen (45 a month, on average). Dr. Kamal Ahuja, managing director of the LSB says finance professionals are frequent visitors to the Bridge Centre near London’s Tower Bridge. Gamete donors aren’t paid in the UK, but the clinic offers £35 ($56) to cover any costs. Ahuja says a lot of the bankers who visit refuse the payment. “They want to donate and to make a gesture – like blood donors. Some of them have seen the effects of infertility and want to help.” Ahuja cites one particular investment banking donor who has made ten separate donations (the maximum allowed under British rules) and has consistently declined to be compensated. “Because of his personal wealth, he doesn’t care for the money. He has helped to create ten families.” Male bankers’ apparent enthusiasm for gamete distribution is useful. Ahuja and others say female bankers in their 40s are big users of donated sp*rm and that they like to select donors they have an affinity with. “Female bankers are more fussy and selective than other people when they’re choosing donor gametes,” says Andrew Berkley, director at City Fertility. Ahuja agrees: “Female bankers are extremely interested in determining the intellect and profession of their donors.” [eFinancial]
Former JP Morgan trader Javier Martin-Artajo was released after telling a Madrid court he opposed attempts by U.S. prosecutors to extradite him on charges he hid trading losses that cost the bank $6.2 billion. The former trader turned himself in this morning after being contacted by investigators, a Spanish police official said. He was released after a hearing in Madrid today in which he said he was unwilling to be extradited, according to a spokeswoman for the National Court. The U.S. this month charged Martin-Artajo, a Spanish citizen, and Julien Grout, a French citizen, with trying to hide the losses stemming from trades by Bruno Iksil, the Frenchman at the center of the case who became known as the “London Whale.” Grout and Martin-Artajo face as long as 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious counts, including conspiracy and wire fraud…Martin-Artajo’s lawyer, Lista Cannon, didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment today. He “is confident that when a complete and fair reconstruction of these complex events is completed, he will be cleared of any wrongdoing,” a spokeswoman for his law firm said earlier this month. [Bloomberg, Earlier: If There’s Some Reason Indicted JP Morgan Employee Should Cut Vacation Short, Fly To U.S., He Hasn’t Heard It]